Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
July 13, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House defeated Rep. Hartzler's amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would have denied transgender service members essential medical care:  

"Today, the House took a stand against discrimination by defeating the Hartzler Amendment, which would have denied critical health care services to transgender Americans serving in our Armed Forces.  I was proud to join Democrats and Republicans in defeating this amendment, which had no other purpose but to denigrate transgender men and women who serve our country and those wishing to serve, just as I was proud to help lead the effort in 2010 to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that barred open service by gay and lesbian Americans.  It is deeply unfortunate that the House Republican leadership chose to allow this amendment to come to the Floor in the first place.  I hope today's vote will send a message to those who seek to deny transgender Americans their equal dignity that the Congress will not abide such discriminatory actions."